Chiclana de la Frontera – Next guided military tour – May 2021. 5 days
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The Battle Honour BARROSA is emblazoned on the Regimental Colours of The Royal Irish Regiment and is marked each year as a Regimental Day in The Royal Irish Regiment. 15 March 1811 – The battle opened when the Anglo-Spanish army commander, General Manuel de la Peña, ordered three of his brigades to attack the French, at the same time ordering General Thomas Graham’s division to advance from the heights of Barrosa, the key feature of the area. Realising his opportunity, the French Commander, Marshal Victor, attacked the small rearguard that remained on the high ground. The 2/87th, wildly shrieking ‘Faugh-a-Ballagh‘,(Clear the Way) hacked and thrust at the shattered and demoralised battalions of the French 8e régiment d’infanterie de ligne which eventually lost 726 of their 1,468 men (figures vary in accounts), including their regimental commander, Colonel Jean Francois Etienne Autié and Lanusse, the commander of the 1/8e. The struggle between the 2/87th and the French 8e régiment had centred on the latter’s 2/8e battalion standard, its staff surmounted by an eagle crowned with gold laurels.
Day 1 Fly to Malaga arriving by mid- afternoon. Transfer to Chiclana for your stay at the Hotel Coral Playa on a bed & breakfast basis. Evening at leisure. The hotel is minutes away from a wonderful golden beach where you can enjoy a relaxing evening stroll.
Day Two – Morning walk in local town where you will see the many military connections with the Royal Irish Fusiliers museum in Armagh, Northern Ireland. This will include a visit to a local bodega. Sustainable tourism at its best, as your guide will be able to translate and assist with any language difficulties you may have. Free time to explore on your own.
Day Three – This morning you will visit the site of the Battle of Barossa and view the memorial which was placed there by the Royal Fusiliers in March 2019. This was a replacement for the one which had been stolen! There will be free time for lunch and a visit to a local bodega to taste local delicacies and wine.
Day Four – Visit to the local San Fernando Naval Museum
The museum is located in the neoclassical Rey Carlos III building of the historic San Carlos Military and Naval Base. The Naval Museum opened in 1843, but the museum as it is today was inaugurated in 1992. Among its functions are the acquisition, research into, preservation and exhibition of collections with historic, artistic, scientific and technical importance, related to naval activities. The majority of its pieces, which are distributed over 15 rooms, come from Cadiz, the Madrid Naval Museum and private collections. Special mention should be made of the rooms dedicated to underwater archaeology, marine offerings, religious objects and Folklore.
Day Five – After breakfast transfer to the airport for return flight home.
The next guided tour to the military sites will be during May 2021. Dates and prices available after Easter 2020.
Meanwhile, supported by the town hall of Chiclana de la Frontera, we can offer individual trips and for small groups which are self guided. Individual trips are by public transport, or we can arrange car hire. Please ask for a quotation for accommodation, eating out and transportation.
Your guide has 30 years of experience in Spain, and speaks fluent Spanish so you will be in good hands.